Seattle police are investigating whether a suspected purse-snatcher who was arrested this afternoon is responsible for a string of similar thefts in North Seattle.
The man is suspected of cutting a woman’s purse from her arm around 2:20 p.m. today and then fleeing through the yards of several homes near Northeast 71st Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast before he was caught by police.
Police plan to question the man to determine whether he was responsible for five similar purse-snatchings and thefts earlier this month, all of which occurred between 2 and 3 p.m.
The first robbery was reported by a 91-year-old woman, who said a man armed with a knife took her purse as she was walking up to her home near Northeast 75th Street and 39th Avenue Northeast on Feb. 2.
On Feb. 14, a 77-year-old man told police he was attacked by a man who cut open his back pocket with a knife and stole his wallet near Northeast 60th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast. The robber shoved the man to the ground and fled.
On Feb. 20, a man cut the strap off a woman’s purse near Northeast 72nd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. A half-hour later, a man armed with a box cutter sliced the strap on another woman’s purse near Northeast 65th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, cutting the woman’s hand in the process. The man in the latter attack was described as in his 20s, 5-foot-9, about 150 pounds, with a thin build.
And yesterday, a man grabbed a woman’s purse right off her shoulder as she was walking near Northeast 75th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast.